When Paperwork Trumps People

This Canadian veteran and mom was asking for accessible housing and therapy.  She had a spinal cord injury that left her paralyzed from the waist down.  She did not want to die.    She wanted a chance at a normal life.   But instead she was posted to the JPSU: “Before leaving the army in 2014, Leah was assigned to the Joint Personnel Support Unit, which offers support and rehabilitation services to sick or injured Canadian Armed Forces personnel.”  So how could this happen? It happens when paperwork and budget trump people and compassion.  However, I believe that we don’t have to choose one or the other. People, compassion, budget and policies can actually work together if there is the will to make them come together.  Not just the desire to make it ‘look’ like they’ve come together. Leadership needs to decide that people are in fact more important than their image and that they are willing to open the doors to what is really happening and not what is ‘supposed’ to be happening.

To read the article about Pte. Greene:

http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/1495183-the-lonely-end-of-leah-greene-how-a-local-veteran-fell-through-the-cracks

 

 

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